This show featured the Giant Country Horns on Suzy through Bathtub, Bowie, Dinner and a Movie through Stash, Avenu Malkenu, YEM, and Possum. The Horns were introduced after Landlady, which featured Rene Lopez on percussion. During the introductions, Page teased Call to the Post and "Charge!" Carl Gerhard whistled with the band during Reba. Chalk Dust contained a brief Buried Alive tease from Trey. The Bowie intro contained an Alone Again (Naturally) tease and quote and YEM included a Chameleon tease by the Horns. The YEM vocal jam was based on burgers. Possum contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals and Dixie and Buried Alive teases from Trey. Spin Doctors and The Authority were the opening acts.
Teases
Alone Again (Naturally) tease in David Bowie, Chameleon tease in You Enjoy Myself, Dixie and Buried Alive teases in Possum, Buried Alive tease in Chalk Dust Torture, Call to the Post and Charge! teases
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1991 Giant Country Horns Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1991-07-20

Review by MountainKung303

MountainKung303 3.99 Stars.

This is the first of two nights in Parksville, NY. The Giant Country Horns (GCH - Dave Grippo, Russell Remington, and Carl Gerhard) join them for much of the show, although the first five songs are without horns. Chalk Dust starts the show, followed by Foam. Squirming Coil is sounding good and they explode into a rocking Llama. The GCH get into position and follow a great Oh Kee Pa with super Suzy horn lines. This is one of the better versions of Suzy Greenberg with the GCH. The Landlady is after that, pretty good. Bath Tub Gin, I prefer it without horns. My Sweet One is after that. They had their blue grass skills dialed in at this point. They could summon them at will. They end a relatively average set with a terrific David Bowie. It kind of comes out of nowhere in the mid-song jam. This is a really good early days Bowie in my opinion. They finish the set strong.

One of my favorite versions of Buried Alive starts the second set. “Music to shower by.” This song has grown on me thru the years. We then enter into the state of mind which is Reba. Well played intro part. I love the bass effect that Mike would use for the extended jam. I think it’s a harmonizer of some sort (Boss or DigiTech?) with lots of compression. Bagged, tagged, sold. Then they do a Duke Ellington tune called Caravan. This is my all time favorite song that Phish did with GCH. I’ve always thought that the Phish sound – while it is rock and roll – has a certain jazz quality to it, both in its structure and its improvisation. Add some horns to it and they're the "Johnny B Fishman jazz ensemble". Sorry but I just don’t like the way Dinner and a Movie sounds with horns. Next they play another jazzy piece called Flat Fee. A triumphant Golgi Apparatus complete with horns. Was it for this my life I sought? Maybe so and maybe not, a horny Stash, followed by TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY. This was part of the regular GCH repertoire. Avenu Malkenu (based on a Hebrew prayer) is always preceded by TMWSIY, and usually followed by TMWSIY. Does this mean Col. Forbin is Jewish? Think about it, won't you. YEM is after that, a decent version. I think the song sounds a little off with the horn lines they used. A nice Page organ solo gives it some spunk. I’m not sure when Page started playing a B3 w/ Leslie at shows, or what he used on this tour, but he is sounding great on these recordings. YEM finishes with a rocking jam > vocal jam. Rocky Top set closer. Yehaaa!

A Possum encore finishes the show. There are all kinds of teases peppered into this Possum.

When I listen to these shows with the Giant Country Horns I can see why a horn section didn’t become a regular thing. Most Phish songs are more a less written for a quartet, without horns. But that doesn’t mean that they’re un-amazing shows. In fact I would highly recommend them to any phan who hasn’t heard them.
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September 29, 1990
26 years ago
23 East Caberet

Set 1: Divided Sky, Dinner and a Movie, The Landlady, Ya Mar > Buried Alive > Bouncing Around the Room > Possum[1], Magilla > David Bowie -> Happy Birthday to You[2] -> David Bowie[3]

Set 2: The Squirming Coil > Tweezer, Gumbo, Uncle Pen, Stash, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Lawn Boy

[1] Two Charlie Chan signals; also Oom Pa Pa and Popeye signals.
[2] Sung by the band to Trey.
[3] Charlie Chan and How High the Moon signals.

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